The 14th annual Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf and Blackjack Tournament tees off Friday, Aug. 25, at the Patricia Island Country Club, in Grove.

Hosted by volunteers from Grand Lake Casino, the tournament offers players the chance to play 18 holes of golf before competing in a blackjack tournament at the casino.

The $500 foursome fee enters the players in both tournaments. The entrance fee is $125 for individuals, who will be paired with other players on the day of the tournament.

The Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf and Blackjack Tournament benefits the Turkey Ford School District and other area schools, as well as local charity organizations.

“We have [hosted] this tournament since 2003, and we have been able to raise more than $150,000,” said Grand Lake Casino General Manager Dusty Logan. “All donations from the tournaments have been distributed to Turkey Ford School, along with other local charities, since the tournament’s conception.

"We have a great partnership with the community, and we especially like to help area students.”

The tournament format is a four-player scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The golf tournament will be followed immediately by the blackjack tournament, at approximately 4 p.m.

Lunch will be served on the golf course, and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the casino before and during the blackjack tournament.

Registration for the charity tournament is at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 25; however, pre-registration is preferred.

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers, as well as closest to the pin, men’s longest drive and women’s longest drive.

The blackjack tournament will have a $3,000 guaranteed payout.

Twelve hands will be dealt during each round of the blackjack tournament. The player with the most money at the end of these rounds will advance to the next round. The final table of six will be guaranteed a cash payout.

After the final blackjack hand is dealt, beginning at 9 p.m., local band Western Justice will perform live on the stage at Venue 655.

The golf tournament location is the Patricia Island Country Club, located at 4980 Club House Road, in Grove, while the blackjack tournament will take place in Venue 655, at Grand Lake Casino, 24701 S. 655 Road.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities for the Grand Lake Casino Charity Golf and Blackjack Tournament are still available. Sponsorships include a team, logo on the title sponsor banner, entry into the blackjack tournament and a hole sponsor sign.

To register an individual, a team or to become a tournament sponsor, persons interested may contact Grand Lake Casino Marketing Manager Tedra Palladino at 918-786-8528, ext. 132, or